What's Happening to Africa's Rhino?
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Man with "smelly" rhino horn jailed in Vietnam

Man with "smelly" rhino horn jailed in Vietnam | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested 33-year-old Ha Chan Chinh, a city resident, for illegally bringing six rhino horns from Mozambique to Vietnam. 

A stinking odor emitted by the horns, which weighed 16.26 kg and were hidden in his luggage, prompted police officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport to examine Chinh’s luggage when he arrived there on January 6.

Chinh, who has a permanent residence in Go Vap District’s Ward 16, had flown from Mozambique to Doha, Qatar Bangkok before arriving in Vietnam that day.

Having no documents related to the horns, Chinh confessed to investigators that he had trafficked the horns from Mozambique.

 

The horns had been sawn off rhinos that had been shot dead in Africa, Chinh said.



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Stop Slaughtering Rhinos, Lion, Wildlife

Calling all 196 countries on Earth -- it's time to band together, stop this senseless slaughter and impose stiff 100-year jail terms for anyone involved in trafficking ivory, rhino horns or big cat parts.
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Sue Woolley's curator insight, January 24, 2013 11:14 AM

come on guys lets email all countrys to make a stand  against   poaching .!NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE !!

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Woman attacked: Look at the size of that horn!

Woman attacked: Look at the size of that horn! | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A WOMAN has been gored by a rhinoceros just moments after having a photo taken standing metres in front of the wild animal.
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How easily we forget that rhino are wild animals!

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Survival of rhino at risk due to horn trade: TRAFFIC Report

Escalating levels of poaching and illegal trade in rhino horns are seriously undermining rhino conservation efforts, putting the survival of the species at risk, according to a report by two global conservation organisations.

 

The report, prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, says that illegal trade in rhino horns involves highly organised, mobile and well-financed criminal groups, mainly composed of Asian nationals based in Africa.

 

“The findings of the report are alarming,” says Tom Milliken, a rhino expert from TRAFFIC. “Today, rhino poaching and illegal horn trade are at their highest levels in over 20 years, threatening to reverse years of conservation effort, particularly in Africa. There is no doubt that rhino species are facing a serious crisis.”...

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Rhino attacks woman posing for photo

South African woman says game park owner told her to "stand just a little bit closer" to the wild animal
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Police get tip-off: Four arrested for rhino poaching

Police get tip-off: Four arrested for rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Four men were arrested for allegedly planning to hunt rhino in the Waterpoort area, near Makhado, after police received a tip-off, Limpopo police said on Monday.
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When people care and get involved good things happen!

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Poachers hack baby rhino with axe, machete

Poachers hack baby rhino with axe, machete | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
A two-month old rhino was hacked at least 18 times with axes and machetes when she got too close to poachers cutting off her slain mother's horn in South Africa, a conservation NGO said.
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This is so....

Thank heavens for Karen Trendler's safe haven for orphaned baby rhino!

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Official 2012 Rhino Poaching Deaths: 668

Official 2012 Rhino Poaching Deaths: 668 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
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425 of the rhino poached where in the Kruger National Park.... the very place that should be a safe haven for all African wildlife!

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South Africa sics drones on rhino poachers in the Kruger

South Africa sics drones on rhino poachers in the Kruger | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Poachers killed more rhinos than ever in 2012, and the South African government is not taking the problem lightly.

 

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Rangers at the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s best-known safari destinations, didn’t have to wait long for their first battle of the new year.

 

Less than a week into 2013, field rangers stationed in a section of the vast park near South Africa’s border with Mozambique found themselves in a gunfight with three suspected poachers. The men escaped, leaving behind a high-caliber hunting rifle and a bag full of rhino horns. The carcass of an endangered white rhinoceros was later found nearby.

 

It was an all-too typical encounter. Five rhinos have been killed in South Africa already this year, including three at Kruger park, which is home to the bulk of the world’s rhino population and has been hardest hit by the poaching crisis....

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

We look forward to watching the drones/UAV make a big difference this year in ending the rhino poaching.

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Officially 668 Rhino poached in 2012

Officially 668 Rhino poached in 2012 | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Rhino poaching statistics released today by the South African government reveal that a record 668 rhinos were killed across the country in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 per cent from the 448 rhinos lost to poachers in 2011.
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Kruger Loses Three White Rhino On New Year's Day

Skukuza — South Africa's fight against rhino poaching has been dealt a blow, with three rhinos already killed in the Kruger National Park since the beginning of the year.

 

All three rhinos were shot dead and dehorned on January 1, according to Kruger managing executive Abe Sibiya.

 

"In the first incident, two white rhino were shot and killed on the Houtboschrand section of the Kruger National Park. Indications are that the two animals were shot on January 1 by a poaching group from Mozambique. Their horns were removed and the group escaped," Sibiya said on Wednesday....

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Smell gives Vietnamese rhino horn smuggler away

Maputo — Police in Ho Chi Minh city, in Vietnam, arrested a Vietnamese citizen in possession of six rhinoceros horns at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Sunday.

 

The horns weighed 16.5 kilos and were seized when officers were alerted by the smell of rotting flesh.

 

The suspect, Ha Chan Chinh, had just arrived on a fight from Doha, where he had been in transit from a flight of Qatar Airways from Maputo....

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Second Madikwe rhino killed

Second Madikwe rhino killed | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The carcass of the second rhino killed in 2013 was found in the Madikwe Game Reserve on Monday evening, the North West environmental affairs department said.
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South Africa: vets struggle to treat hurt rhinos

JOHANNESBURG — A high-value target survives two attempts on her life. After recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, she is secretly moved to an undisclosed location in hopes that the killers won't track her down again.

 

This isn't a Hollywood thriller about a hunted witness in a police protection program. It is the tale of Phila, one of a growing number of rhinoceroses that survive horrific injuries during attempts by poachers to hack off their horns. With her horns still intact, Phila is a rare survivor of a surge in rhino killings in South Africa, home to most of the world's rhinos.

 

In a new push, veterinarians are racing to learn more about rhino anatomy so they can swiftly treat survivors of attacks by poachers whose arsenal includes assault rifles and drug-tipped darts. The obstacles are funding, a dearth of past research and the logistics of helping fearsome-looking behemoths that are easily traumatized if moved from their habitat....

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Mathematicians propose solution to rhino poaching

Mathematicians propose solution to rhino poaching | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

A group of mathematicians, frustrated by South Africa’s inability to stop rhino poaching, is creating an “optimal management strategy” to save the white rhinos. At an annual math conference, held last week at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, an international group of academics—from Oxford University to the Indian Institute of Technology—began work on the vexing problem. Though the government tightened hunting regulations in 2009 and deploys military aircraft to hunt poachers, poaching has only increased.Today, rhino horn, a prized medicinal ingredient in Asia, sells for $100,000 per kg.

 

In designing the model, the value of a poacher’s life, the cost of keeping a white rhino safe, and the worth of rhinos for tourism must be taken into account, says conservation economist Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes. Their recommendation, expected by year’s end, may be controversial. Legalizing the rhino horn trade to reduce poaching is being considered. Ecologist Norman Owen-Smith believes a rhino policy recommendation based on numbers can help where military might and bunny-hugging platitudes have failed. “Clear logic can help cut through emotion.”

Wildlife Margrit's insight:

Some would like us to believe that legalizing the trading of rhino horn is the answer. Two important questions that must be answered no matter what the mathematicians figure...

 

1) How can trading with criminals be considered a good idea? Because it is illegal to purchase horn in Asia, so the buyers would continue to be the "bad guys"!

 

2) How can perpetuating a myth be considered ethical? Rhino horn has proven to have no medicinal qualities so selling a lie cannot be seen as good business practice, or can it? 

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3 Suspected rhino poachers appear in court

3 Suspected rhino poachers appear in court | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Three suspected rhino poachers charged with possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate's Court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

Thomas Mogalaka, 32, and Madala Ndlovu, 20, were granted bail of R1000 each. However, Boy Mahlangu, 43, was denied bail and remained in custody, as his citizenship had yet to be verified, said Colonel Ronel Otto.

She said more charges could be added as investigations continued.

"...The rhino poaching charges were not added, because no rhino was shot and dehorned."

They were arrested on Tuesday by police who set up roadblocks in the Majeje area, near Phalaborwa, after a tip-off.

Police searched the men's Toyota Corolla and found a .303 hunting rifle with ammunition, a silencer, and an axe. The vehicle was seized.

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9 rhino carcasses found in Kruger Park

9 rhino carcasses found in Kruger Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The carcasses of nine rhino have been found in the Kruger National Park since the start of 2013.
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Yemen No Longer Major Destination for Illegal Rhino Horn

Yemen No Longer Major Destination for Illegal Rhino Horn | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
Once the largest importer of illegal rhino horn for use in ceremonial dagger handles, Yemen is no longer considered a driving force in the current rhino
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Thank you!

The efforts of activists and advocates pays off. Keep up the good work y'all!

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Minister Molewa reports on the rhino situation and measures to thwart poaching

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa has expressed grave concern about the high rate of rhinos poached in 2012 and would like to reiterate government’s unwavering commitment in the continued fight against rhino poaching.

 

The rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 668 rhinos were lost to poaching in South Africa in 2012 and a total of 267 arrests were made in relation to rhino poaching....

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Woman attacked by rhino in Game Park

Woman attacked by rhino in Game Park | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - A woman is in a serious condition after being attacked by a rhino at a game park in Roodepoort on Saturday, Gauteng paramedics said.

 

The rhino struck the 24-year-old in the chest with its horn, said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said

 

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found her to be in a serious condition and in severe pain,” said Botha.

 

“She was stabilised on scene and transported her to the Netcare Krugersdorp hospital for the care that she required.”

 

It was unclear what triggered the attack. - Sapa

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Hmm! Wonder what she was doing so close to the rhino?

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Zimbabwe: U.S.$160 000 Horns and Tusks Land Pair in Court

Two Harare men who were separately found in possession of a rhino horn, 17 elephant tusks and five pieces of ivory worth more than US$160 000 appeared in court yesterday. Washington Kangarade (39) was arrested at his Pomona house as he tried to flee with the rhino horn.

 

Police also recovered 12 elephant tusks and five pieces of ivory stashed in a sewer inspection chamber at his house. Businessman Tendai Mugomeza (38) of 223 Sherwood Drive, Avondale West was found in possession of five elephant tusks. The pair appeared before Magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe on separate records charged with unlawful possession of unregistered or unmarked ivory...

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Poison in rhino horn claims first victims?

 own a game farm in the Limpopo province. During the last 2 years, I have lost 75% of the rhinos on my land. As a last resort, towards the end of last year I started injecting poisonMade by a friend of mine who is a vet, in the horn of my animals. By this action I hoped to stop the poaching.

In October a further 2 rhinos of mine were killed, and the horns removed.

Since then I have been keeping an eye on the news and social media around this issue. Much has been said around this issue, but I found these videos on the internet. I'm not sure if it was my poison or someone else's. But it seems to have worked.

It makes me sad, but this may be the only way to save our rhinos.

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Rhino becomes second large animal to die at Zoo Miami in one day

It’s been a bad week for Zoo Miami. Two of its larger animals died on Monday
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TV Show "Numbers"? No, real life Mathematicians seek formula to save rhino

TV Show "Numbers"? No, real life Mathematicians seek formula to save rhino | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it

Johannesburg - Some of the world’s leading mathematicians will travel to South Africa next week to try come up with a mathematical equation that might help authorities fight the bloody scourge of rhino poaching.

 

Mathematicians from the UK, Russia, India and Australia, with their South African counterparts, will converge at Wits University in Johannesburg on Monday for a five-day Mathematics in Industry Study Group workshop....

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It worked in the TV show NUMBERS, maybe it will in real life tool

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'Battleground: Rhino Wars' to Premiere on Animal Planet

'Battleground: Rhino Wars' to Premiere on Animal Planet | What's Happening to Africa's Rhino? | Scoop.it
The new three-part show centers around the horrifying and commercially-lucrative illegal industry of rhino poaching
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